Apple Dumpling Dessert

Ingredients

4 cup All-purpose flour 2 tsp Salt 1 1/3 cup Shortening 8 tbl Cold water, (up to 9) FILLING 8 cup Tart apples, chopped/peeled 1/4 cup Sugar 3/4 tsp Ground cinnamon SYRUP 2 cup Water 1 cup Packed brown sugar Whipped topping OR vanilla ice cream, optional Mint leaves, optional

Instructions

In a bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle with water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and toss with a fork until dough can be formed into a ball. Divide dough into four parts. On a lightly floured surface, roll one part to fit the bottom of an ungreased 13x9x2" baking dish. Place in dish; top with a third of the apple. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle a third over apples. Repeat layers of pastry, apples and cinnamon-sugar twice. Roll out remaining dough to fit top of dish and place on top. Using a sharp knife, cut 2 inch slits through all layers at once. For syrup bring water and sugar to a boil. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour over top crust. Bake at 400 F. for 35-40 minutes or until browned and bubbly. Serve warm with whipped topping or ice cream if desired. Garnish with mint if desired. Yield: 12 servings. Suibmitted by Janet Weaver, Wooster, Ohio who says that she wanted quick fix apple dumplings so devised this recipe..

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